New governance assessment model for Welsh housing regulator

Campbell Tickell has been commissioned to provide expert governance support to the Welsh housing regulator. This will involve working with the Welsh Government’s housing regulation team to further develop its approach to assessing the quality of governance in Welsh housing associations.

The project has been commissioned, in part, as a response to complex regulatory cases in the sector which have their roots in governance failures. There is recognition from both regulator and sector that there would be benefit in exploring how the warning indicators of such failures can best be identified at the earliest point giving Boards the best chance to deal with any issues on a voluntary basis.

The approach to governance assessment will be co-created by Campbell Tickell and the Welsh Government in conversation with the sector and other key stakeholders. Campbell Tickell has put together an experienced team, led by Ceri Victory-Rowe (Senior Consultant), which will explore best practice gleaned from other regulatory models, together with lessons from complex regulatory cases.

Ceri said:

This is an exciting and innovative project offering huge potential benefits for Welsh Government and housing associations in Wales. Designing a new approach will involve balancing a complex set of factors, including the need to produce something which genuinely assists the regulator’s effectiveness without imposing on providers burdensome requirements which don’t add value.

The Welsh Government has been clear that whatever the new model looks like, the current Performance Standards will remain unchanged (pending a review next year) and that the principle of regulated self-assurance will continue as the bedrock of effective co-regulation.

Community Housing Cymru (CHC)’s Code of Governance, together with the Right Stuff model of good governance produced by the Regulatory Board for Wales in 2018, will underpin the new model.

Campbell Tickell will work closely with Community Housing Cymru (CHC) to test out ideas with the sector before the new model is put into practice.

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